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History of IEDC's Economic Recovery Initiatives


The International Economic Development Council has led and taken part in several significant initiatives to assist communities in disaster recovery and preparedness, and economic resiliency. Below are descriptions of IEDC’s initiatives from most recent to 2005.


Webinars: Disaster Preparedness & Economic Recovery Webinar Series (2012 - Present)
The Disaster Preparedness & Economic Recovery webinar series features speakers on topics that range from protecting a community’s economic assets, business preparation activities to post-disaster financing for business retention. This series helps to equip economic developers and chambers of commerce to plan and sustain your community’s economic recovery in the wake of disaster, be it man-made or natural. Upcoming webinars and webinar recordings are available on RestoreYourEconomy.org.


Publication: Economic Needs Assessment for Coal Communities in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee (2016)
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conducted this needs assessment to understand the economic needs and development priorities of coal regions in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. This assessment identifies the communities hardest-hit by coal industry changes, and will be used to will inform the content of IEDC delivered trainings, webinars, and publications to build economic development capacity in these counties and regions. Information for this needs assessment was collected from public and private data sets, news publications, and interviews with a total of 92 local and regional stakeholders. For each state, the IEDC POWER team examined data at the state and county levels.


Training: After the Flood: An Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders (2016)
Seven months after significant flooding, IEDC and partners held three one-day workshops in impacted communities in South Carolina to train community and regional leaders economic recovery strategies. The one day workshop featured sessions on an introduction to economic resiliency, strategies to build resilient regions and communities, post-disaster strategic planning, creative financing strategies, revitalization strategies for building back better, and business retention, economic diversification, and other strategies for long-term recovery. Trainings were delivered in Florence on May 16, Newberry on May 17 and Summerville on May 19.


Technical Assistance: Building Resilient Regions- Recommendations for the Pamlico Peninsula Counties, NC (2016)
IEDC provided technical assistance to the NC East Alliance and Beaufort County Economic Development Office on how to implement economic resiliency measures for the Pamlico Peninsula region in Eastern North Carolina. Recommendations discuss high priority items for the ten-county region such as the role of the NC East Alliance as the champion for strategic economic growth in the region, strategies to develop a regional brand, alternatives for broadband challenges, entrepreneurial development systems, and asset mapping. Other recommendations include strategies to capitalize on the abilities of transplant residents and the opportunities provided by the planned Raleigh-Norfolk Corridor.


Publication: EDA Austin Region Needs Assessment Memo – An Overview of Community and Regional Needs (2016)
This EDA Austin Region needs assessment memo was conducted to assist IEDC to develop a deeper understanding of communities’ and regions’ needs related to preparedness and post-disaster economic recovery. The assessment was conducted for the EDA Austin Region that consists of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. The assessment analyzed federal disaster data sets to determine where businesses were mostly likely affected by disasters. The assessment also examined data from a scan that was sent to economic developers and alike professionals of the region. The scan data and federal data sets will be used to help shape the locations and topics of webinars, grants, and publications to be delivered by IEDC in the region during the life of the grant. An intern interactive online map of the federal datasets was published online as well.


Technical Assistance: Enhancing Economic Resilience in the C3 Region of Northwest Alabama (2016)
This report, Enhancing Economic Resilience in the C3 Region of Northwest Alabama, outlines the findings of a technical assistance project completed by IEDC. IEDC was retained to assist C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance, which represents Marion, Lamar, and Fayette Counties, Alabama with an economic assessment of the area. This included an assessment of the local economy and its trends, economic development assets, challenges and opportunities, with specific recommendations for improving the effectiveness of economic development efforts in the area. This assessment looked deeply at the economy of the region and each county individually, at current and planned economic development strategies and initiatives. The assessment also looked at how economic resilience can be enhanced to ensure future disasters economic impacts are reduced.


Technical Assistance – City of Horn Lake, Mississippi (2016)
This 2016 report of Building Economic Resilience outlines the findings of the technical assistance project in Horn Lake, MS. IEDC assisted the City to provide an assessment of the city’s economic strengths, challenges, and opportunities, and to provide recommendations for building a stronger economy that will be more resilient to future economic disruptions. This assessment examined both current and planned economic development strategies and initiatives. The assessment also considered the ever-present threat of flooding, and suggests how incorporating resilience into future economic development and planning initiatives could help mitigate flood impacts.


Publication: Practical Advice for Transitioning to Recovery (2016)
In January 2016, the EDA Austin Region faced multiple disasters that prompted IEDC to create the Practical Advice for Transitioning to Recovery brief. It highlights a short list of strategies for economic development organizations to consider implementing as communities transition from a response phase to a recovery phase. A short summary of each strategy is listed in this paper with links to websites and publications that include additional information and resources. The brief also includes advice from economic development professionals who have been through disasters.

Information covered in the briefing includes establishing a business re-entry system, setting up a business recovery center or case management program, communications during the transition, developing lists of resources, putting businesses back to work, assessing the impacts of the disaster, emergency financing for small businesses, accessing federal and state resources, and resources for recovery.


Workshop: Developing Economic Opportunity and Economic Resilience (2015)
This workshop was held at the IEDC Annual Conference in Anchorage, AK on October 4, 2015. The workshop was aimed at EDA Atlanta attendees. The three-hour workshop featured multiple speakers and a breakout discussion session. The workshop featured resilience experts who introduced resiliency planning for business continuity and strategies to create economic opportunity. Topics included how to build a resilient economy one business at a time, tips and strategies on how to capture economic opportunities after a disaster, and how to assist in identifying vulnerabilities in a business and how to address them


Technical Assistance and Training: Supporting Small Businesses Through Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery—New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, North Carolina and Horry County, South Carolina (2014-2015)
In partnership with the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), the project conducted an assessment the three counties’ strategies to support small businesses in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The project went further to evaluate opportunities for the three counties to collaborate across borders in regards to disasters. A report was written for each individual county highlighting background information, what the panel heard during the three to five focus groups held, and strategies to incorporate into their current disaster plans. A workshop was held in each county to present the strategies identified in the site visit, an introduction to business continuity planning and an interactive mock disaster scenario for discussion.


Technical Assistance: Strengthening Downtown – Pawtucket, Rhode Island (2015)
This 2015 report of Strengthening Downtown outlines the findings of the technical assistance to the City of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The project had a focus on how to strengthen existing programs and develop new programs or strategies to attract investment to ensure the resiliency and preparedness of this historic downtown center. The report is divided into challenges and recommendations in the areas of develop an economic strategy, rethink downtown, enhancing marketing: tell your story, define roles, develop partnerships, activate tools and techniques, and signal the change.


Workshop: Keeping Our Businesses Strong Workshop in Brunswick County, NC (2015)
This workshop, held on May 12, 2015, brought together representatives of businesses, economic development organizations, local governments, and others to learn about ways to plan for natural disasters, minimize their impacts on the regional economy, and be ready to reopen quickly next time an unforeseen event occurs. The half-day workshop included:

• An overview of business continuity planning and the key steps necessary to prepare a business for a disruption;
• Interactive scenario exercises and discussions that helped participants identify vulnerabilities and strategies to build the resilience of their businesses and organizations;
• Access to national experts on business continuity planning; and
• An easy-to-use toolkit to help participants prepare continuity plans.


Course: Making Resilience the New Normal: A Convening of Local, Regional, and Federal Leaders (2015)
On May 19-20, 2015, the NADO Research Foundation and IEDC brought over 70 federal, regional, and local leaders together for a discussion about how they can work together to achieve better resilience outcomes on the ground at “Making Resilience the New Normal: A Convening of Local, Regional, and Federal Leaders.” Representatives from RDOs and local governments—whose communities have been impacted by natural disasters in FY2011 and other recent years—shared how their recovery experiences have changed their approaches to everyday decision-making and how they are finding creative ways to use federal resources to fortify their regions against future hazards and disruptions. Federal partners from over a dozen agencies highlighted recent efforts to support disaster and climate resilience through new and existing policies, programs, and investments.


Technical Assistance: Developing Tourism and Economic Resiliency in the New Jersey Bayshore Area (2015)
This 2015 report of Developing Tourism and Economic Resiliency in the New Jersey Bayshore Area outlines the findings of the technical assistance to Cumberland County, New Jersey, with a focus on the Bayshore Area. The recommendations in the report are the product of an intensive technical assistance to examine the current economic development climate and tourism-based strategies and initiatives. The report is divided into the four areas of capacity and connectivity, tourism, infrastructure, and other considerations.


Workshops: Keeping Our Businesses Strong Workshops (NC/SC) (2015)
On March 10 and 11, 2015, the NADO Research Foundation and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) hosted two training workshops in Wilmington, NC and Conway, SC, both titled Keeping Our Businesses Strong: Strategies for Business Continuity in the Face of Disasters. These workshops brought together representatives of regional councils, businesses, economic development organizations, local governments, and others to learn about ways to plan for natural disasters, minimize their impacts on the regional economy, and be ready to reopen quickly next time an unforeseen event occurs.


Technical Assistance: Economic Resiliency in the Town of Union, New York (2014)
IEDC provided technical assistance to the Town of Union Economic Development Department to improve economic resiliency. The final report reviews the Town of Union’s economic development organization’s operations, organizational and programmatic capacity and staff resources with a specific focus on marketing, business attraction, retention, and expansion. The IEDC conducted this assistance with the goal of providing specific advice on how to strengthen existing programs and to develop new programs or strategies so that businesses, the organization, and the community can be more resilient from an economic perspective to handle any future crisis.


Economic Development Assessment - El Paso County, Colorado (2014)
To aid in economic recovery of Manitou Springs, El Paso County and Colorado Springs following successive natural disasters in 2012-2013, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration hired NOVACES, LLC and the International Economic Development Council to organize an Economic Development Assessment Team (EDAT) with experience in disaster recovery. The team’s mission was to undertake a four-month study and meet with public and private sector officials of the region to discuss their economic recovery efforts and key challenges.


Technical Assistance: Economic Resiliency in the Town of Union, New York (2014)
IEDC provided technical assistance to the Town of Union Economic Development Department to improve economic resiliency. The final report reviews the Town of Union’s economic development organization’s operations, organizational and programmatic capacity and staff resources with a specific focus on marketing, business attraction, retention, and expansion. The IEDC conducted this assistance with the goal of providing specific advice on how to strengthen existing programs and to develop new programs or strategies so that businesses, the organization, and the community can be more resilient from an economic perspective to handle any future crisis.


Technical Assistance: Targeted Neighborhood Redevelopment Of Six Corners & Old Hill, Springfield, MA (2014)
IEDC provided technical assistance to DevelopSpringfield and the City of Springfield on how to implement redevelopment efforts in two distressed neighborhoods that were impacted by an EF-3 tornado. Recommendations discuss the role of Springfield College as a major partner in neighborhood revitalization, further planning efforts, public safety measures, commercial and housing redevelopment, community organizing, greenway and transportation improvements, the effective use of redevelopment tools, and ideas for redeveloping historic properties.


Technical Assistance: Forming a Regional EDO in Eastern Kentucky (2014)
This project advised the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Pikeville, Ky., on the development of One Eastern Kentucky, a regional economic development initiative endorsed by five chambers of commerce in a nine-county region. The technical assistance panel focused on providing stakeholders with organizational structure options; a recommended focus of work; fundraising and board development strategies; identifying qualifications for the organization’s first executive; and building a regional team.


Publication: Case Studies in Addressing Neighborhood Vacancy and Blight (2014)
This publication features six brief case studies that highlight strategies used around the United States to help stabilize neighborhoods and reverse the sprawl of vacancy and blight. The publication can be downloaded at http://restoreyoureconomy.org/case-studies-addressing-neighborhood-vacancy-and-blight/


Publication: Engaging Small Businesses in Disaster Preparedness (2014)
IEDC produced a user-friendly guide for business support organizations with practical tips on engaging small businesses in disaster preparedness. The intended audience for this resource includes local chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, small business development centers, SCORE offices, community colleges, business schools, community development financial institutions, local banks, and nonprofits that serve small businesses. Developed with input from continuity professionals, the information from this guide can be referenced when creating workshops or writing articles for company newsletters and e-blasts.


Publication: Case Studies: Small Business Financing Following a Disaster (2014)
Following the workshop, a seven page issue briefing was published highlighting six best practice strategies employed by public, private and a mix of public and private organizations to aid small businesses return to operations following a disaster. The briefing and presentations from the workshop are available on www.restoreyoureconomy.org for download.


Workshop: Engaging Small Businesses in Disaster Preparedness, Caguas, Puerto Rico (2014)
IEDC and partners hosted a day-long, interactive workshop in Caguas, Puerto Rico to teach how to successfully engage small businesses so they are better prepared for future disasters and crisis. This hands-on workshop taught the basics of how to deliver business continuity training for small businesses in your local community.

Designed to “train the trainer,” this comprehensive workshop provided participants with tactical knowledge on how to facilitate high quality business continuity workshops in their communities. Led by business preparedness experts and chamber executives, attendees discovered how their organization can deliver this workshop to their network of businesses as a value-added service and effectively engage small business owners in critical crisis preparedness efforts.


Workshop: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tuscaloosa, AL (2014)
IEDC conducted a workshop to address the development of a new facility for the community’s EDGE Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (an incubator and small business development facility). The workshop convened the city, university, and other EDGE Center partners to discuss goals, roles and strategies. Karl LaPan, President and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne, facilitated the workshop, with support from IEDC staff.


Training: Seeing Businesses Through the Storm: The How-To’s of Business Continuity (2014)
IEDC hosted a day-long, interactive workshop in New Bern, NC to learn the basics of how to deliver hands-on business continuity training for small businesses. Designed to “train the trainer”, this workshop provided participants with tactical knowledge on how to facilitate high quality business continuity workshops in their communities. Presenters included Scott Cave, of Atlantic Business Continuity Services, Bonnie Canal, Managing Partner of the Resiliency Institute, and Rita Berry, CEO of the Greater Summersville Chamber of Commerce. John Zakian, CEcD, facilitated the workshop, and led a discussion on possible technical assistance panels in the region.


Workshop: Small Business Financing for Economic Recovery (2013)
IEDC conducted a workshop on small business financing strategies for economic recovery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With attendance from around the country and Canada, the workshop covered how to set up a revolving loan fund and to leverage community development block grant-disaster recovery grants to support small businesses. Practitioners presented best practice examples from Philadelphia and Galveston, Texas. IEDC staff presented results from an environmental scan on the economic recovery needs of communities impacted by disasters during FY 2011 in the Philadelphia and Atlanta regions of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The workshop was interactive and provided attendees the opportunities to ask their questions to experienced practitioners and consultants.


Resources for Rebuilding the Tourism and Fisheries Industries (2013)
Recreating Destinations: Rebuilding the Tourism Industry after Disaster is a guide for economic development practitioners in the recovery of the local tourism industry after a disaster. Because each disaster and its impact are unique, the paper is organized into sections that allow readers to find guidance based on their particular communities’ needs. Throughout the paper are sample announcements and examples of tourism industry recovery strategies that various communities have implemented.

Rebuilding the Fisheries Industry is a web page with valuable information and links to websites with additional resources to guide economic developers through the recovery of the local fishery industry. The webpage outlines ten challenges faced during recovery and fifteen strategies to rebuild a stronger thriving fisheries industry to help communities navigate their path to recovery.


Technical Assistance in Entrepreneurship & Commercialization for Beaumont, Texas (2012)
IEDC provided technical assistance to Lamar University and the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce on ways to develop Lamar University’s new Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization as a centerpiece to the region’s future entrepreneurship growth. The project’s IEDC member advisory team was comprised of Chuck Wolfe (President of Claggett Wolfe Associates) Gordon Hogan (Director of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program) and Charles Ross (Assistant Director of Technology Partnerships at the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute). The final report provides recommendations on detailed action items that regional partners can implement to strengthen the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem as well as featured case studies to highlight implementation efforts.


Technical Assistance for Lake Charles, Louisiana: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Services in Southwest Louisiana (2012)
IEDC provided the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance with technical assistance on further strengthening their programs directed at improving the local entrepreneurship system. The assistance focuses on a new business incubator at the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center, which was envisioned as part of the community’s economic recovery efforts. IEDC’s technical assistance report will include case studies which highlight best practices for encouraging entrepreneurial development as well as recommendations for marketing, programming, and funding the region’s new business incubator. IEDC expert panelists include Angie Hawk Maiden (AceNet and AceNet Ventures) and Ron Kysiak (Diane Lupke & Associates).


Public Officials Seminar on Leading Economically Resilient Communities (2012)
IEDC held two free seminars titled “Leading Economically Resilient Communities: What Public Officials Need to Prioritize Before and After a Major Economic Disruption” in Lake Charles, Louisiana on September 27th and in Houston, Texas on September 28th. Instructors included the Honorable Richard Crotty, Former Mayor of Orange County, Florida; Supervisor John McKay, President of the Jackson County, Mississippi Board of Supervisors; and Mickie Valente, Principal of Valente Strategic Advisers, Inc. Attendees included mayors, city council members, city managers, emergency managers and a few economic development directors. A video recording of the seminar is available on RestoreYourEconomy.org.


Technical Assistance: Tourism Revitalization in Houston-Galveston region (2011)
IEDC Provided technical assistance and support to four counties in southeast Texas that have been impacted by Hurricane Ike in revitalizing the tourism industry. Counties covered by the technical assistance include Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston and Chambers. The team assessed the issues and challenges faced by each of the counties in marketing and developing their tourism assets and recommend an action plan for cross-regional linkages and marketing promotion. Emphasis was placed on how each county can be a part of the larger region and support local tourism goals at the same time.


Stennis-Michoud Marketing Strategy, Greater New Orleans, Louisiana (2010-2011)
Under a multi-year grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to provide technical assistance in the Greater New Orleans region for long term economic recovery in the Gulf Coast, IEDC is provided marketing assistance for the promotion of a technology corridor that runs from Stennis Space Center in Southwest Mississippi to Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. Both facilities are owned and operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), providing the region with invaluable assets to develop high tech industries and contribute to the growth of the region. IEDC’s assistance included recommendations on setting up a new regional marketing organization and its operations.


Economic Recovery Assessments for Communities Impacted by Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2010)
In the summer of 2010, IEDC was awarded an EDA grant to provide economic recovery support to Gulf Coast communities impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. IEDC assisted twenty-one different communities in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida as part of this grant. Multiple teams comprised of federal agency representatives, economic development organizations and experts in economic development were deployed to the Gulf Coast region, and provided customized assistance. These teams developed a report for each community, which outlines the communities' respective economic assets and challenges, as well as recommendations towards economic recovery. IEDC worked in close cooperation with the National Incident Command’s Economic Solutions Team (NIC-EST) as well as partnered with the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) as well as a number of disaster recovery experts on this initiative.


Terrebonne Economic Recovery Needs Assessment (2010)
IEDC assisted Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana to assess their economic recovery needs from Hurricane Gustav as well as the recent Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. From June 15-17th, 2010 an IEDC team of economic development and business recovery experts visited the parish. The objective of the project was to address the disaster’s impact on the local economy, identify the community’s capacity for economic recovery, and develop specific action steps for the recovery effort. The team focused on impacts to the oil field services and fisheries industries; as well as looked at small business recovery; business retention and expansion; workforce; the parish’s leadership role; strategic planning; communications strategy; organizational issues; and working with state and federal funders.


New Orleans & Gulf Coast Economic Recovery Program (2008-2010)
In 2008, IEDC was awarded a $450,000 three-year Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to provide economic recovery support for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region. This work was to strengthen economic recovery efforts from the impact of hurricane Gustav and the remaining challenges of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. IEDC worked on three major initiatives: 1) support for New Orleans’s Public Private Partnership; 2) support for marketing a technology corridor in southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi; and 3) disaster preparedness forum & training for Louisiana & Mississippi


Workshop: Post-Disaster Small Business Recovery in Cassopolis, MI (2009)
In December 2009, IEDC, in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), convened approximately 27 post-disaster economic recovery representatives from across the U.S. for a three day workshop at the Edward Lowe Foundation Leadership Center to discuss the subject of post-disaster economic recovery. This working group developed a series of recommendations for improving the federal response and assistance to disaster-impacted communities, as it relates specifically to economic recovery. From these recommendations, IEDC developed the report, An Improved Federal Response to Post-Disaster Economic Recovery.


Galveston Economic Recovery Assessment (2008)
IEDC was retained by the BCLC to assist Galveston, Texas in their economic recovery from Hurricane Ike, which hit the southeast coast of Texas on September 13, 2008. On October 28-29th, an IEDC team of economic development and business recovery experts visited Galveston. The objective of the project was to address the storm’s impact on the local economy, identify the community’s capacity for economic recovery, and develop specific recommendations to strengthen public and private sector cooperation to streamline the recovery effort. The team focused on small business recovery; business retention and expansion; economic impacts; workforce; the city’s leadership role; the downtown district; strategic planning; communications strategy; emergency management planning; organizational issues; and working with state and federal funders.


Cedar Rapids, IA Economic Recovery Assessment (2008)
IEDC and BCLC partnered to send a panel of experts to Cedar Rapids, IA to offer technical assistance in response to the June 2008 flooding. The purpose of the trip was to provide economic recovery assistance, paying close attention to what the community can do for itself, how it can work effectively with state and federal agencies, and what will remain as funding gaps following government assistance. The team focused on small business recovery; cultural facilities and human service organizations; the downtown plan; the City’s strategic plan; the roles for the City, Chamber, Downtown BID, and the regional EDO, Priority One; and a communications strategy.


California Wildfires Economic Recovery Assessment (2007)
IEDC and the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) of the US Chamber of Commerce partnered to send a panel of experts to San Diego County to offer economic recovery technical assistance. The team worked with the San Diego Regional Chamber, other local Southern California chambers, and business and community stakeholders to perform an assessment of economic impacts and business recovery efforts.


Technical Assistance to the City of New Orleans (2007-2008)
IEDC has worked with local partners to provide recommendations on the restructuring of the New Orleans economic development delivery systems. The objective of IEDC’s New Orleans Economic Development Organizational and Operational Plan is to outline a framework for the establishment of a new public/private economic development organization for New Orleans and recommend strategies for effective staffing and program structures and functions. The project is funded by the EDA.


IEDC Economic Recovery Volunteer Program (2005-2008)
The IEDC Economic Recovery Volunteer Program, funded by a grant from the EDA deployed economic development professionals to key regions of the 2005 hurricane impact zone. Since the program’s inception in December 2005, IEDC has facilitated 150 volunteer technical assistance visits to Economic Development Organizations, Chambers of Commerce and Business Assistance Centers across the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas. In all, volunteers have contributed 850 days of service to distressed EDOs and their constituent businesses. Service highlights include consultations on economic development best practices, organizational assessments and strategic planning, grant-writing and resource development assistance, and business recovery and preparedness counseling.


The Gulf Coast Business Reinvestment Forum (November 2005)
Shortly after the events in the Gulf, IEDC co-sponsored the Gulf Coast Business Reinvestment Forum with the US Chamber of Commerce. The Forum was developed in partnership with the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. More than 130 economic development, business and policy leaders were invited to create strategies to enhance the position of the Gulf Coast on the federal legislative agenda and provide a set of recommendations to serve as an economic recovery and development agenda.


IEDC Statement on Gulf Recovery (September 2005)
The first set of IEDC responses came at the 2005 Annual Conference in late September, soon after the Hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast. The IEDC Board of Directors addressed the concerns of colleagues and friends in the Gulf Coast by passing a statement to ensure Gulf Coast businesses were not actively recruited by other regions.